It’s been a while since I’ve done a Canadian Artisan feature, and so with the start of September I thought it perfect timing to have a look at another talented Canadian.
I am thrilled to introduce you to Turn A New Leaf Designs!
From her workshop and home in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Tracey Marsh has a fabulous collection of eco-friendly items for mama and baby. Included in her lineup are upcycled wool longies, organic hemp diapers (both fitted and AIO), hemp nursing pads, and a selection of baby bedding made from organic cotton and wool.
I bought a couple of hemp diapers for Mausi before she was born; one newborn fitted diaper and 2 one-size fitteds. She still wears the one-size fitteds now, nearly 2 years later, and we are very pleased with them!
I asked Tracey a few questions…
Little Wool Maus: How did you first get started making diapers and covers?
Tracey: I started my business in 2005 making organic hemp/cotton and wool filled bedding. I was making futons, sheet sets, duvets and pillows. I started custom orders making crib bedding and quickly realized that the fabrics I was using had so many benefits for babies. I was asked to make some hemp diapers and I was hooked. Both my children wore cloth diapers and at the time, hemp diapers were hard to come by. I designed my diapers around what I liked and did not like with the diapers I had used with my own children. After a few years of producing cloth diapers and inserts, I started up my Esty shop and discovered the world of recycled wool. Hooked again, I dove in making soakers, wool wraps and longies.
Little Wool Maus: What is your favourite item to make?
Tracey: I enjoy all my wool covers the most. From picking out wool sweaters at thrift stores to designing what comes from each sweater. I cut into them and the pieces transform. The only patterns I use is the playground wool longies and my favorite (wool wraps). Everything else is free style made. I feel free to be creative when making recycled wool covers. I started needle felting on some and enjoy this process. It’s something I can do with my children as I work.
Little Wool Maus: What are you most looking forward to now that the season is slowly changing to autumn?
Tracey: Most years I look forward to making more wool longies as this is the season people start stocking up on them. The colors I use for Fall are by far my favorite, Earth tones, orange, reds, greens, browns,etc…
However, this year is much different, I am having my 3rd baby in November, so I am looking forward to nesting. We live far off the beaten road in the forest and winter here can get you snowed in for days. Autumn here this year is preparing every detail needed before our new bundle arrives. Aside from that, Fall here in Cape Breton is known throughout the world as “the place to be”. The Celtic Colors Festival starts soon and the beauty of the mountains and changing leaves are breathtaking. The forest around us transforms into a magical place. I can’t wait.
Tracey also writes about herself, her family and preparing for a new baby on her Turn A New Leaf blog.
Tracey has generously offered 1 hemp contour diaper and 6 oval washcloths as a giveaway!
This giveaway is open to Canadian and US readers. To be entered into the giveaway, please leave a comment here. For an additional entry subscribe to Little Wool Maus via e-mail and then leave a comment stating you have, and for a second additional entry tweet about this giveaway and leave a comment with a link to your tweet.
This giveaway will end, and comments will close September 19th (Monday) at 10pm EST. The winner will be selected by random number and announced here Tuesday morning.
Tracey’s etsy shop will be closing sometime in the next few weeks, and will be closed for a couple of months as she welcomes the new addition to her family.
Many thanks go to Tracey Marsh from Turn A New Leaf Designs!
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The winner is: Amanda Boerst
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